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Dr. Elizabeth Sayrs serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost of Ohio University

Executive Vice President and Provost

Dr. Elizabeth Sayrs serves as the Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost. She manages the academic deans and a variety of offices that foster academic quality and student success. Her initiatives focus on enhancing research and creative activity, innovative academic programs, faculty development, student learning and engagement, and closing equity gaps.

Vice Provost for Faculty Development

We play a key role in ensuring that academic excellence and high professional standards are hallmarks of Ohio University. Responsibilities include processes for program and curricular changes; academic program review and assessment; faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure; student tuition appeals and more. The office provides valuable resources for new and established faculty; deans, chairs, and directors; and students.

Faculty & Academic Planning Resources


Accreditation at Ohio University

Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). While over 30 of the University’s academic programs are accredited by their own specialized accreditors, Ohio University as a whole is accredited by HLC; all of the University’s programs and units are covered by this institution-wide accreditation. HLC offers three different pathways to institutional accreditation. They are the Standard Pathway, the Open Pathway, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP, soon to be phased out) pathway. Ohio University has been in AQIP since 2002. The next HLC Comprehensive Evaluation and visit will occur no later than Fall 2024.

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Matthew Shaftel, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his plans to leave Ohio University at the end of June.
Ohio University honored faculty award winners for the 2023-24 academic year during the Faculty Awards and Recognition Ceremony held May 1 in Walter Hall.
Today, Ohio University President Lori Stewart Gonzalez announced that Donald J. Leo, Ph.D., has been named the University’s Executive Vice President and Provost effective July 1, 2024.